Police said Monday a group of smart students stopped a man who was trying to kidnap a child from a school bus stop in Maryland.
The child was waiting at a bus stop at 17600 Town Cross Drive at 7:20 a.m. when the suspect, 30-year-old Jamaal Germany from Gaithersburg, “allegedly grabbed the child and dragged him to an apartment building.” This is stated in the message of the Montgomery County Police.
Several students who were also standing at the bus stop “tried to intervene and the victim managed to escape,” police said.
When the school bus arrived, all students were able to board and report the incident to school staff at Redland High School.
Detectives identified Herman as a suspect and he was arrested for an attempted kidnapping.
According to booking records, he remained in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility as of Tuesday morning. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
The police are asking anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Germany to contact the police.
The neighbor, who is the parent of the high school student and declined to name him, told NBC Washington that the apparent kidnapping attempt had happened before.
“Apparently he was at the bus stop last week doing the same thing,” the parent said.
Montgomery County Public Schools said the district required police to be present at the bus stop where the incident took place.
Principals of Redland High School, nearby Judith A. Resnick Elementary School, and Colonel Zadok Magruder High School alerted parents to the incident in a letter, writing that the victim was unharmed in the case.
“Today and tomorrow, the affected bus stop will continue to be under increased security by the MCPS and MCPD. We share this information with all three school communities, given that the bus stop where the incident occurred is used by students from these schools,” the letter says.